Suhail started his placement with Aspire’s enterprise team in December 2019 whilst in custody.

Suhail started his placement with Aspire in December 2019, joining Aspire on Release on Temporary Licence whilst in custody at HMP Spring Hill. With no housing support in place for Suhail when he was due to leave prison during the first lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, Aspire supported Suhail to acquire temporary accommodation on his release, to find paid employment and to secure stable housing and benefit entitlements.

“Whilst in custody, Aspire helped me to gain work experience with their landscaping and gardening team and I really enjoyed this work. Aspire have gone out of their way to help me, securing longer-term accommodation in Oxford and finding furniture for my room, following my custody release. They have helped me to find a part-time job, so I am now settled and appreciate everything done for me.”